Suzuki will be revealing a new D-segment car for the North American and European market at the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show in September this year. D-segment cars are basically mid-sized cars like the BMW 5-Series, Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.
Three bodies are planned – a sedan, hatchback and a stationwagon. This new D-segment car will replace the Suzuki Verona, which was a rebadged Daewoo Magnus. The Daewoo Magnus has since been replaced by the Daewoo Tosca, also known as the Chevrolet Epica. Interestingly, when Hicomobil chose a D-segment car to sell in Malaysia under the Chevrolet brand, it picked a true blue Chevy – the Chevrolet Lumina instead of the rebadged Daewoo Chevy Epica.
It’s not likely that the new Suzuki will be a rebadged Daewoo Tosca/Chevy Epica, as new Suzuki models have moved away from GM rebadging – these are models like the Suzuki Swift, SX4, and Grand Vitara.
Considering Suzuki’s recent collaborations with Nissan, don’t be surprised if the new car turns out to be a restyled Cefiro!